"It's a simple idea really: allow users to tie content to a location, and then let other users search for that content based on their own location."
Close by Me (CBM) is an online community allowing users to create postings: messages, notifications, announcements, etc. The content is then associated with a general location (postal/zip code). Other users in the community can search for information based on their own location, area of coverage (radius or distance from them) and items of interest, in close proximity or far beyond their own city.
Postings can be anything from jobs, sale items, rant and raves, discussions, personals, real estate, activity groups, services, etc. CBM is in essence a combination of interactive classifieds, notifications and discussion groups.
Close by Me works by using location as its key element. We tie the coordinates of postal/zip codes with content, and then leave it up to the users to post, monitor and interact with others. Close by Me is a browser based classifieds community. The features of this community make it highly interactive, allow users to post and search for message posts effectively, and communicate. Close by Me provides a phenomenal opportunity to broadcast and find the different areas of individuals and businesses in the community. All you have to do is to sign-up with Close by Me in order to be part of our online community. This allows you to post unlimited number of classified ads related to anything from jobs, sale items, discussions, personals, real estate, activity groups and services and so on.
CBM is an innovative twist on an old idea, it differentiates its self by allowing people to search for items of interest by their location and proximal distance, thereby changing the relevance of the results in what they are looking for (hence the name "Close by Me"). Each step in CBM allows users to expand their search coverage, or hopping from one location to the next; message by message, users can continue an open journey that may meander thru different categories, locations, and points of interest.
Following is a list of some of the features in the Close By system:
- Close by Me connects and lets individuals interact locally,
- Allows users to create a social personal & business network,
- Post and manage multiple classified messages,
- Share, respond and rate and add comments,
- Correspond via email or chat with other users in the community,
- Engage in threaded discussions with users close by or far away,
- Search your contacts using different search criteria,
- Over 80,000 US and Canadian Postal/zip codes for you to search against,
- Ability to tie and search for messages by locality, proximity, classification and key words,
- In depth classification hierarchy for indexing and searching message posts,
- Attributes associated by category for classification and refined search,
- Ability to maneuver by postal/zip code and radius of coverage,
- Ability to email, print, respond, rate, social bookmark, and comment on messages,
- Invite friends and create new friendships by location,
- Track posts from friends, or key people to follow,
- Interact with individuals about posts and key interests thru email,
- Create subscriptions about key posts of interests and monitor multiple subscription feeds, and
- Directly message post authors using Internet based messaging system
Note: You can access most features of the application as a normal user. However, you need to register yourself with the application in order to post and manage your classified ads and work with different features.